Using Windows Movie Maker
Connect Your Video Camera to your PC
• The easiest way to connect your digital video camera to your computer is by using an i.Link (also
known as FireWire or IEEE 1394) cable which is provided for you in the kit.
• To connect your camera to your computer, simply plug one end of the i.Link cable (the smaller
end) into your video camera, and plug the other end into your computer.
Download video from your camera to your computer
• Turn your camera on, and set it to playback mode. When prompted, click Capture Video using
Windows Movie Maker. Then click OK.
• Microsoft Windows Movie Maker starts the Video Capture Wizard. On the Capture Video File
page, type a name for your video. Then click Next.
• On the Video Setting page, accept the default settings by clicking Next. The default setting should
read: “Best quality for playback on my computer (recommended)”
• On the Capture Method page, click Next. (It's easiest to capture the entire tape at once; if
sections remain that you don't need, you can delete them later.)
• The Video Capture Wizard rewinds your tape and then begins capturing it. While the tape is being
captured, you'll see it playing in the Preview window and you'll be able to hear the audio through
your speakers. After the tape is captured which takes about an hour, the wizard will stop
automatically. Note: It always scans the entire tape, even if you have just recorded a few minutes
of video. If you reach the end of your recording before it reaches the end of your tape, click the
Stop Capture button, and then click Yes.
• Movie Maker automatically breaks your movie into clips and adds the clips to a video collection
with the name you provided.
• Now you're ready to edit your movie!
Editing your Movie
How to add transitions
• In the Movie Tasks pane, under Edit Movie, click View video transitions.
• Preview transitions by double-clicking them and watching the Preview Monitor. Once you've
found a transition you like, drag it from the Video Transitions pane, under Edit Movie pane to
the box between two of your clips. This inserts the transition between the two clips.
• In the Preview Monitor, click the Video Transitions pane, under Play button to watch your
transition in action. If you don't like it, just return to the previous step to replace it with a different
transition. Note: If you decide not to use any transition, right-click it on the storyboard, and click
DID YOU KNOW?
Transitions cause your video clips to overlap by about one second, which means you won't see all of the
first or last second of your clip. So, when you're filming, it's good to start the camera a few seconds before
the action starts, and to keep filming for a couple of seconds afterward so that you have time to transition
between scenes. This also helps you get a steadier shot.
How to add special effects
• In the Movie Tasks pane, under Edit Movie click View video effects.
• Preview effects by double-clicking them and watching the Preview Monitor. Once you’ve found
an effect you like, drag it from the Video Effects pane to one of your clips. This adds the effect to
the clip, which you can see by looking at the star in the lower-left corner of the clip.
• In the Preview Monitor, click the Play button to watch your effect in action.
• If you don't like the effect, right-click the star icon in the lower-left corner of the clip, and click
DID YOU KNOW?
You can add more than one effect to a clip. For example, if you want to both brighten a clip and add a
zoom effect, you can add Ease In and Brightness, Increase. You can also add a single effect multiple
times to increase the effect. For example, add multiple Brightness, Increase effects to brighten a scene
even more, or add two Speed Up Double effects to quadruple the speed of a clip.
How to add titles and credits
• If you want to add a title before, after, or on top of a clip, click the clip on the storyboard or
• In the Movie Tasks pane, under Edit Movie, click Make titles or credits.
• Choose the type of title you want to add.
• Click Change the title animation. Notice that you can choose between one-line titles, two-line
titles, and credits, which can be many lines. Note: You can use credits any time you need to
display more than two lines of text, not just at the end of your video.
• On the Choose the Title Animation page, browse through the different animations and watch
them in the Preview Monitor to get an idea of what they'll look like. When you find the animation
you want to use, click Change the text font and color.
• On the Select Title Font and Color page, choose the color and font you want to use. If you're
adding the title over a clip, use a dark font color for bright scenes and a light font color for dark
scenes. Then click Edit the title text.
• On the Enter Text for Title page, enter your text. Then click Done to add the title to your movie.
• If you are prompted to switch to the timeline view, click OK.
• In the Preview Monitor, click the Play button to see how your title will look in your video.
• If you want to change your title (for example, to change the color of the text to make it more
readable), right-click the title on the Title Overlay row of the timeline, and then click Edit Title
on the shortcut menu.
DID YOU KNOW?
You can add titles any time you want the viewer to know what you're showing or who someone on the
How to add music
• In the Movie Tasks pane in Movie Maker, under Capture Video, click Import audio or music.
• In the Import File dialog box, click the name of the song you want to use in the background. Then
click Import. Note: This adds your song to your collection but does not add it to your video.
• Drag the song from the collection to the video clip where you want the music to start playing.
• If prompted, click OK.
• Movie Maker shows your song on the timeline. If the song extends beyond the end of the movie,
drag the right edge of the song so that it ends at the same time as your movie
• Click Play in the Preview Monitor to watch your movie and listen to the background music.
• If the background music is too loud or too soft in comparison to the movie, right-click the music
on your timeline, and then click Volume. If the audio and music sound good, you can skip the
• In the Audio Clip Volume dialog box, move the slider to the left to make the music quieter, or to
the right to make it louder. Then click OK. Click Play in the Preview Monitor to listen to the
audio again and make another adjustment if necessary.
Congratulations! You have just made a movie using Windows Movie Maker!